Shaheen lives up to five-wicket promise


Fast-rising teenage paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi promised to take five wickets with Lahore Qalandars’s manager Rana Sameen while coming to the ground in the team bus and lived up to it against Multan Sultans in Dubai on Friday.

The 17-year-old left-arm took 5-4 in 3.4 overs to register the most economical figures in the history of the Pakistan Super League to anchor Lahore Qalandars’s seven-wicket win over table toppers Multan Sultans.

That feat gave Lahore their first victory in this year’s PSL after losing their first six games, eight in a row including the last two matches in 2017.

“I told manager Rana that I will take five wickets and I am happy that I did that,” said Shaheen after the match. “It’s a great relief and we are very happy that we have given back smiles to our fans.”

Shaheen’s feat wrecked Multan to 114 all out in 19.4 overs which Lahore overhauled in 18.4 overs to stay in the league and remain in the hunt for play-offs.

“I am playing Twenty20 for the first time and on a big stage so whenever I do well it will add to my confidence,” said Shaheen.

Lahore will now hope other teams also lose while they win all their remaining three matches.